Industrial Style: Embracing Lighting Cords & Wires

Industrial Style: Embracing Lighting Cords & Wires

Janel Laban
Sep 27, 2010

I'm thinking this means we are one step closer to saying goodbye to those long scrunchy fabric things that can be found "hiding" the cord on pendants and chandeliers from time to time. A recent Chicago project that transformed a warehouse into a modern family home includes examples of lighting designs where the cord is accentuated instead of ignored.

Lisa Cregan's piece on developer Bob Ranquist's new "dream home' in Chicago Home + Garden is worth a look for many reasons — it's a successful conversion from industrial to residential, featuring lots of light, brick, heavy timber and interesting design solutions, such as this "embrace the cord" concept.

Photo 1: This dining area features a chandelier made of recycled materials that actually adds more lengths of bright orange wires to create a big "tangle" leading to multiple plugs along the top of the fixture. Rather than minimizing, this design maximizes the cords, turning what some might consider a design minus into an definite aesthetic choice.

Photos 2 & 3: In one of the kids bedrooms, light fixture cords stretch playfully across the room, creating visual interest in the high ceilinged space. They plug into a prominent power box with guitar jacks.

Check out the rest of the warehouse conversion at: Chicago Home + Garden

Images: Bob Coscarelli/Chicago Home + Garden

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